The Argaz Group
AboutHaargaz Group is one of the longest standing and well-established companies in today’s Israeli bus and vehicle market. We bring a proven track record and history of success in bus and mini-bus vehicle development, along with programming and manufacturing of buses. Our company is also a leader in manufacturing storage systems, industrial air conditioning systems, and metal products for the national security and military sector. We also specialize in the niches of advanced packaging systems for the high-tech industry, along with programming and development of electronic parts for the automotive sector.
HistoryIn the third decade of the 21st century, four carpenters asked a representative of Israeli company Yachin a seemingly odd question for an equally seemingly odd order, “Why saw large planks of wood into thin boards?” These carpenters were vexed with this specific request made in Yachin’s order. The carpenters then offered the Yachin representative the opportunity to build a factory designated for the manufacturing of wood freight boxes for citrus fruit. The bottom line: with the establishment of Haargaz in 1932, a new and long-standing tradition of quality assurance and provision was born, along with tailormade solutions and products based on customer needs.
Riding on this principle, our company was founded and became one of the leading industrial manufacturing operations in the Israeli market. On Thursday, August 18, 1932, Haargaz was established and gained its first customer, the Israeli-based company Yachin that liaised in our registration as viable cooperative organization, with a business model comprised of part-ownership of every company employee.
On the 1st of May, 1933, the first cornerstone brick of Haargaz’s very own factory was laid at Solomon Street and the corner of Hagra Street in Tel Aviv, Israel. And within just 3 months, the latest machinery was running and operating in our factories.
At the end of the citrus fruit harvest season, the founders of Haargaz sought a new business opportunity in which they could advantage of their manufacturing skills and talents. With a clear vision and an industrious, proactive attitude, Haargaz’s cooperative approached Israeli-based factory “Ha Mumcheh [The Expert],” specializing in the manufacturing of buses, (which in those days were constructed from wood). At that time, Ha Mumcheh was looking to recruit new members of their team, and in collaboration with Haargaz, the first seed was planted towards the growth and development of Haargaz’s bus manufacturing department.
The 15th of September, 1933 marked the first day of Haargaz’s bus manufacturing department’s operations, and on May 1, 1935 the first cornerstone brick was laid of the company’s factory in Neve Sha’anan, Tel Aviv.
In 1936, a series of events led to several internal staff members’ inevitable transition of Haargaz’s factory into a military frontline in collaboration with The Hagana organization. Barricades were built and the partnering organizations’ manpower kept watch of the barricades overnight. The factory became a critical strategic site, and an area of the factory that was used for wood storage was transformed into a hiding spot for weaponry.
In 1945, Haargaz was established as an equal partner with Israeli-based “Chevrat HaOvdim” (The Workers’ company). In the summer of 1947, a new era dawned at Haargaz, and innovative but heavy machinery was ordered for the first time from England and Belgium to leverage operations. New work methods were implemented to save time and money, along with improving the quality of our factories.
On November 29, 1947, the decision to establish the Jewish state was made in Israeli territory. Representatives of Haargaz were invited to meet with Levi Eshkol, an Israeli political leader of that time. Representatives of Haargaz were asked to lend a hand in the upcoming warfare efforts. In no time, the factory efficiently arranged, prepared and organized itself to meet the task, and since then Haargaz has manufactured armed vehicles used by The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) in their first infantry battles, breaking out just one day after the Jewish state was established.
Haargaz has consistently sought opportunities to manufacture new products, constantly looking to expand their business horizons. In 1949, Haargaz took the initiative to manufacture canteens and helmets for the IDF, the Israeli army that was then just recently established. The success of these products led to a series of customer orders that in turn continued the success of Haargaz. The company’s cooperative effort with Ampa, the exclusive importer of American Philco refrigerators, led to the establishment of Amcor, the refrigerator manufacturing factory that became an industry leader with Haargaz by its side as part owner.
Following a period of struggle, the beginning of the year 2000 brought the labor union’s sale of Haargaz, acquired by reserves major-general Hagai Shalom, chairman of the company since then.
As a result of change in ownership, Haargaz Group underwent an overall optimization and improved efficiency process. With this makeover and restructuring, the company stabilized and positioned its market presence for success, directing its focus into various niches within the fields of transportation, along with Palfinger cranes, metal and armored goods manufacturing, storage systems, refrigeration, displays and air conditioning systems.
Haargaz Group is a profitable organization to date, growing and developing each day, leaving its mark in the world of innovation and manufacturing with each product manufactured and every service it provides to our current competitive market.